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Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Longevity Book and a Lady called Bo

Do I want to live to 100?

Do YOU want to live to 100?

For me personally, I would of course love to get to that age but only if I have my health, my home comforts and with the love of my family and friends around me.  Isn't that want we all want?

Over the last few weeks I seem to have been caught up within this world of asking this question; firstly it started with the BBC programme "How To Stay Young" with the gorgeous 71 years young Angela Rippon co-presenting with a much younger Dr Chris van Tulleken - they both travel the world to see the latest discoveries and experiments that demonstrate that certain cultures that adopt particular activities and foods can help with this.  My greatest learning from watching this was "don't keep doing the same thing" - our brains and bodies love the challenge of all things new, it stretches the grey matter!  

They also had a test that both my hubby and I tried; you have to get, from standing position (no shoes), down onto the floor with your legs crossed and then without the help of your arms get back up to standing - you lose "years" if you put a knee down or both. Very funny to do... perhaps not one after you've had a glass or two! 

And then I got reading this book by Cameron Diaz, The Longevity Book - I thought this was going to be about the latest health kicks in celebrity world, but nope it wasn't!

What I discovered was a world about how the female body ages, written by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark who together embark on a journey to discovery more about their quest to learn about the ageing process.  I'm 41 years old and I learnt things about my body that I'm ashamed to say, I didn't know about! Informative and empowering I think this is a must read for all ladies, especially those who have not yet embarked on the menopause.

I love the fact they have dedicated the book to our own journey; Cameron suggests throughout that they present the facts but everyone is different, and the only person who can help you achieve a healthy and well-balance approach to ageing, is yourself.

The book is in three parts; the first covers of things like the past and the learnings from that time, what scientists have done for us over time and most importantly the benefits we all receive in modern day life, medicine.

Part 2 is the bit I found most interesting; probably because I was learning so much stuff! They cover off topics like "The biological impact of genes, choices and attitudes",  they describe "cellular ageing" and the stage of menopause - which let's be honest is not usually covered off in any general health books.

The final part actually covered what I thought the book was about originally!! How to build a strong body, information on food, fitness and general well-being.  The section on "how to build a stronger brain" just kept reinforcing the positive benefits of continuous learning.

A book to share with your girlfriends, a book to read more than once!  

And now for a Lady called Bo...

... Vogue is 100 years old, and Harvey Nichols has chosen to celebrate this by having a photo shoot using a model who is 100 years old, Bo Gilbert.

Image from Vogue
She is wearing bespoke Valentino glasses, a Dries Van Noten coat, a Victoria Beckham top, a Lanvin necklace and trousers by The Row.  Doesn't she look F A B U L O U S !!!

And it goes to prove that the article "26 Is Old In Fashion" by Lauren Milligan for Vogue is a load of nonsense - there should be more older models both in magazines, in brand campaigns and on the catwalk.

The centenarian, from Birmingham, tells her story throughout the film, she talks about her love of clothes, how she likes to make the effort every day to look nice but NOT for the boys. How she would love for hats to come back into daily fashion and I truly love the ending when she gets super excited to see the finished photo, very touching! 

Here's a chance to see the film, and you can see the full ad in June's edition of Vogue out in shops now.

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And so you see, if I could be as healthy and as fit as the lovely Bo then the answer is Yes, but let's not forget that it is important to live for today and make the most out of every opportunity that comes our way - as did Bo when she was asked to model for the very first time, at 100 years young.

If you fancy catching up on "How To Stay Young" you can watch it on BBC iPlayer by clicking here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Spring Trend: Denim Dresses

Sorry it's been a while since I've blogged.  2016 did not get off to great start and I just needed some time out for a bit.  Thank you to my girlfriends who have been encouraging me to get back to blogging.  And so I thought I would kick start with one of my favourite pieces that I've been wearing over the last few months, and that's my denim dress from Whistles.

It all started with a £60 voucher that I had with Whistles - Did you know, that if you buy something in the sale from Whistles you cannot get a refund?  Apparently not, as I found out late last summer. Throughout winter I think I visited Whistles nearly every week to see what I could get with my voucher, but nothing really grabbed my attention.

In January I went to Florida and I wanted something more casual to wear, and I saw this denim dress. Even though I bought it for this specific trip, I didn't get to wear it out there and it made it's debut outing on my birthday when I went for lunch.

I've loved it from the start - dress it up with black shoe boots or dress it down like I do often with my Nike trainers, a versatile dress to say the least.

Photo by: Danielle Bailey

I bought these trainers whilst in Florida, I was a little unsure about buying trainers that are black in colour but they have worked so well with trousers, dresses and of course jeans when you need to put on something practical to get out and about in!

Love these trainers!!
Photo by: Danielle Bailey

Olive green works so well with denim and I found this bag from Oasis in the new year sales. Cross-over bags are great for shopping trips, keeps your hands free for all those shopping bags you need to carry!

Love this olive green cross-shoulder bag - Oasis
Photo by: Danielle Bailey

Photo by: Danielle Bailey
If you need to smarten the look then ditch the trainers and opt for shoe boots!!  Once the weather warms up the footwear options are endless from high-heeled brown sandals, to Havanas to pumps - versatility at it's best!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

5 mins for... My favourite posts from 2015

I cannot believe another year has been and gone, it's crazy when you think about it - it makes you realise that you should not waste time on things that don't matter because when you look back and reflect - was it worth it?

I thought I would take a look at the posts I've published this year, and share with you my favourite five.

At No. 5, it's the day I spent with Chantelle Lingerie team in London, it was a great fun day and I learnt so much about protecting your breasts!  Have a read of it here.

At No. 4 - For the love of jumpsuits - I was only looking at some yesterday with a view to purchasing!! I still love them and think they are the most versatile garment you can own, take them from day wear to glamorous girls night out!  Have another look at this post here.

At No. 3, well I wrote about this in Spring, however I'm sitting here writing this post wearing DOUBLE DENIM!!  Great trend, it's such an easy one to wear, if you need inspiration for this trend, check out pics on Instagram... and click here for my post.

At No. 2 - 2015 was the year I turned Forty!  My hubby treated me to a surprise trip to Venice, the time there was very special and such a treat!  What I Wore posts have played a very special part throughout 2015, but this one is my favourite for sure!!  Check it out here. A big thank you again to all my girlfriends too for making it such a special time x

And finally at No. 1 my most favourite post (with the help of my photographer Carol) is the one about my Ted Baker coat - Four ways. It was great fun pulling it all together and I had such great feedback from my readers, in fact I think a few of you went out and purchased one, and so you should, it's F A B U L O U S !  I've been wearing it over the last few weeks and I get so many lovely compliments from both men and women - you simply cannot go wrong with it!  Have another read of it here.

And that just leaves me to wish you all a Happy New Year and the best of health and happiness for you in 2016.

Lizzi  x

Monday, 28 December 2015

Make-up prep for New Year's Eve

If I'm heading out on New Year's Eve, I seem to think this is a good evening to practice a new make-up look!  It's because I get ready super early and so I have all this extra time - this usually ends we me not liking the end result, and so I end up starting all over again to create my usual daytime make-up. 

This post is an early reminder that New Years Eve is THIS Thursday; so if you fancy a new look, practice NOW, yes NOW!

One of the great evening looks is smokey eyes and I've found a great film on YouTube that will help you; for those of you who know your season colourings then Summers opt for greys, Winters opt for silvers and blacks, Springs opt for gold and light brown and finally Autumns choose brown to dark brown/black for eye make-up.

Make sure your pencils are soft enough to enable you to create this smudgy/blended look. A good trick is to use eyeshadow as your base for eyeliner, this helps with the end result. Ensure your eyeshadow has some shimmer to help perfect the evening look.

The film below is by a great Australian blogger, Kate Waterhouse - here she demonstrates how to get smokey eyes using two colours and some pencil work, and not forgetting our faithful friend, mascara. 

Talking of mascara, I'm seriously loving this one by No.7 at the mo, I use the brown/black as I'm an Autumn:

No.7 Intense Volume - £9.95

One final tip, if you are wearing a new outfit then also have a practice run of putting all of it together, shoes, bags, tights, jewellery etc - you don't want to be getting upset just before going out that something is not working! And remember, LESS IS MORE!

Friday, 18 December 2015

I Spy With My Style Eye!

... the knitted dress

I'm loving them this season; I've invested in a few to take me through winter.  I know it's not been freezing cold but at the moment I don't have the luxury of a cosy warm office.  So if your like me and out on the road each day and you need to look glam but keep warm, a knitted dress is the way to go!!

Dress up or dress down they are so versatile that you can take this from business to weekend wear to ladies at lunch!

Check these fabulous dresses out!

Lucy Dress by Hobbs
Was £99, now £79


Kin by John Lewis Reverse Seam Cocoon Dress, Grey

Combining two winter trends of the knitted dress and the cable knit, go with 
John Lewis
Somerset by Alice Temperley Knitted Dress, Cream

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

One 2 Watch: Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace

My hero, Victoria has won Woman of the Year from Glamour - watch to see what David, Eva, Mel and Anna have to say about Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace

For those of you who get this by e-mail you'll need to click here to watch.